Choices in the Real World

11 May 2015

CHOICES IN THE REAL WORLD.The Talk About Youth Project and the Job Centre here in St Andrews Resource centre are running a Youth Employment project called “ Choices in the Real World”.The project aims to engage with those young people who are currently, not in Employment, Education or Training and help them to progress on to at least one of these areas. We are offering training in job coaching, interview skills, C.V. preparation, employability, enterprise development and a host of others.As a project based in the community, we are trying to address the sense of hopelessness that many of our young people feel regarding potential career paths plus give them a sense of belonging and confidence in their own skills and abilities.The project caters for 17 to 24 year olds. To date we have engaged the participants in Music Production, Photography, Radio Programming, Eco Unesco Green Trail along with visits to the Lir Theatre and IMMA. Sessions with the Pearse st Fire Station, Dublin Port and Docks, Surf Dock, Ballsbridge College, Job Coaches and St Andrews Job centre are happening over the next few months plus we are organising a careers day on Thursday June 2nd in the centre, where we are inviting experts from the fields of Music, Enterprise, Garda, Health and leisure, Beauty and a host of others.The participants feed into the process of choosing programme areas that they are interested in and play an integral part in evaluating the project on an ongoing basis. We plan to continue to support and work with these young people and to develop further Choices in the Real World projects.The project was made possible with funding from State Street Bank.